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Wazdan Goes Live at Grand Casino, the Only Online Casino Allowed in Hungary




Wazdan is thrilled to announce its partnership with Grand Casino, Hungary, the only online casino allowed by the Hungarian Gaming Commission.

The partnership took place late in 2019 whereby Wazdan games went live on the Grand Casino site as part of a soft launch, marking a momentous occasion for the innovative game producer, securing a position to provide their games to the only player in the Hungarian market.

Grand Casino was launched in 2018 after the Hungarian Gaming Commission opened the door for online gaming to operate in the country through regulations that would provide players with a completely legal, safe way to enjoy gaming online.

After years of preparation, Grand Casino’s online interface, designed by their skilled team of gaming professionals, was made available to the public, delivering on the specific needs of users in the Hungarian market — providing security, data protection, gaming stability and enforcing responsible gambling.


Committed to providing players with quality entertainment, Grand Casino is selective to partner with only the best online game producers offering top-tier technology and player experiences, a position that Wazdan is proud to uphold.

So far, 15 Wazdan games have gone live at Grand Casino, all of which are long-time player favorites: Bars & 7s, Black Horse™, Burning Reels, Colin the Cat™, Fenix Play Deluxe, Fenix Play 27 Deluxe, Haunted Hospital, In The Forest, Jumping Fruits, Magic Fruits 4 Deluxe, Magic Hot 4 Deluxe, Mystery Jack Deluxe, Valhalla, Wild Guns, and Wild Jack. More games are to be released soon.

Wazdan is a top-tier, tech-driven slot game producer bringing their partners more than a decade of accumulated knowledge on just how to deliver high-quality experiences that delight both players and operators.

As an innovation-led organization, Wazdan pioneer tech-forward solutions to captivate players and offer them gameplay that can be designed to their particular tastes. This is accomplished through the Unique Wazdan Features which are active in all Wazdan games, features that allow players to tailor their gaming experience.

Wazdan’s Volatility Levels™ allows players to adjust the volatility of their game. Double Screen Mode brings back the feeling of land-based slot machines where the paytable is viewable at all times. Energy Saving Mode works for mobile to extend the players’ battery life by up to 40 percent, and Ultra Lite Mode decreases the time taken to load the game – perfect for poorly connected areas. The Unique Gamble Feature allows players to double their win in an instant, Ultra Fast Mode increases the game speed, and the latest Unique Wazdan Feature, Big Screen Mode, zooms the reels of the game to fill the entire screen.


“It has been thrilling to pioneer the online gaming sector in Hungary and we humbly recognise that while our success is in part the result of hard work from our highly talented team, the remaining success factors have to do with the partnerships we make, selecting the best gaming providers to deliver experiences to our players through our casino. As a leading slots producer with highly engaging, feature-rich games, we have been delighted to bring Wazdan onto the site,” says Robert Peters, CEO of Grand Casino and Omni Slots.

“We are extremely proud to partner with Grand Casino, a casino that has done so much to lead the gaming sector in Hungary and truly embodies the values that we too hold here at Wazdan. We’re excited to have our games live on the Grand Casino site, and we look forward to working more with the team to release new games that their players can enjoy,” says Andrzej Hyla, Head of Sales, at Wazdan.

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OKTO.CASH expands in Germany with bet-at-home go-live


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OKTO announced the launch of its advanced cash-to-digital payment solution, OKTO.CASH with bet-at-home, a renowned and established operator in the German iGaming market. This collaboration marks a significant milestone for OKTO, expanding its footprint in Germany and further solidifying its reputation as an innovator in cash-to-digital solutions for iGaming enthusiasts.

OKTO.CASH offers bet-at-home users a hassle-free way to consume iGaming services with cash in real-time. Leveraging OKTO‘s always growing network of over 14,000 points of sale across Germany, including well-known brands such as Aral, Deutsche Post, Esso, Kiosk, Lotto, Shell, and many others, users can effortlessly convert physical cash into digital currency. This streamlined process provides a secure, fast, and easy-to-use top-up method that caters to the preferences of the market.

Richard Greslehner, Head of Product at bet-at-home Internet Ltd commented: “This partnership underscores our dedication to delivering cutting-edge and convenient payment solutions for our customers. With OKTO.CASH, users can now seamlessly deposit their physical cash into their online bet-at-home accounts at their favourite everyday stores.”


“We are thrilled to partner with bet-at-Home for the launch of OKTO.CASH in Germany,” said Mikhail Ovsepyan, Head of Germany at OKTO. “This collaboration underlines our dedication to expanding our presence in the German market and delivering cutting-edge payment solutions that meet the needs of iGaming enthusiasts. We look forward to revolutionizing the gaming payment experience and providing unparalleled convenience and security to users.”

OKTO‘s expansion in the German region follows the approval of both OKTO.WALLET and OKTO.CASH by the German Gaming License Authority (GGL) last year. Embedded into the merchant’s app or website, OKTO.CASH provides users with the fastest and most direct method to upload cash online, eliminating the need for third-party apps. Users can select OKTO.CASH as their payment method, choose the deposit amount, and select the nearest location from over 14,000 points to top up their accounts safely and in real-time.

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Gamescom 2024: Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Economic Minister Robert Habeck to Again Open World’s Largest Games Event



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Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck will attend the official opening of gamescom 2024. Koelnmesse and game – The German Games Industry Association announced that Germany’s cabinet member responsible for computer and video games will be present when the world’s biggest games event officially opens its doors on 21 August in Cologne. Habeck took part in the opening ceremony of gamescom last year as well, and on the following day viewed current developments and trends in the game industry during a guided tour of the event.

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Navigating International Regulatory Landscapes: A Guide for Expanding iGaming Businesses



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Boris Pashnev, CEO of Alpha Affiliates

Taking an iGaming business global opens up vast possibilities for expansion and progress. However, along with new markets and opportunities, comes the complex regulatory landscapes of different countries. To ensure a smooth and compliant expansion, businesses must familiarise themselves with international legal frameworks and understand regulatory considerations. Still, it is much easier said than done.

As a business working closely with iGaming brands, we at Alpha Affiliates have first hand experience expanding within these new regulatory landscapes. We have helped several iGaming operators and affiliates to grow their businesses and comply with the regulations in various jurisdictions. Moreover, in the last year, we have successfully expanded our own business into new geographical markets, including France, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Hungary. This expansion not only broadened our global reach but also ensured a more comprehensive and inclusive gaming experience for iGaming enthusiasts worldwide.


This is the hope for many aspiring iGaming operators looking to go global. So, how can businesses successfully navigate new regulations when expanding their business globally?


Make regulation your team’s number one priority

In the iGaming world, regulations must be the cornerstone of your business strategy to going global. You need to go in with the mindset that it isn’t just about compliance – it’s about building a sustainable, reputable business. Only with this mindset, can you successfully launch an iGaming business, and develop long-term trust and support from regulators and consumers alike.

By making regulation your foundation, you’re sure to be on track for success. Of course, for any CEO, this starts by looking to the regulatory experts, and putting together a dedicated compliance team who can manage and advise on the regulatory landscape in the region you are looking to expand into.


For instance, in the case of licensing, operators should seek assistance from their in-house legal departments who can ensure licensing application requirements to be met and the corporate structure to be set up properly. This way they can prevent making any mistakes when switching their operations to comply with the new guidelines and ensure that they set up a well equipped and responsible environment for their players.

By having a dedicated team focused on regulation, operators can confidently and consistently ensure their operations meet regulatory guidelines within new regions.


Remain flexible and embrace new frameworks

Regulation is always subject to review and change  – it’s a natural part of progress to ensure consumers, and businesses are better served and protected.


We saw this most recently with Curaçao’s new regulation known as the National Ordinance for Games of Chance, or LOK, which set out new requirements for anti-money laundering, fraud prevention and player protection. The LOK framework changes brought new change, and with that new considerations for iGaming operators to address. Operators had to reflect and adjust the ways in which they disclose certain information, ensure data protection, address anti-money laundering, privacy measures for gaming and monitoring tactics.

Alongside the regulatory changes, the licensing fees also increased, in order to foster a safer and more responsible environment. And the licensing process changed too. The Gaming Control Board (GCB) opened the new licensing portal on September 1st earlier last year, leaving iGaming companies with two options – to either apply for new licences and follow the regulations outlined in the LOK, or register as sublicensees.

This is a prime example of how quickly things can change, and the need to remain flexible and ready to adapt when expanding into different regions. To stay ahead, it’s important to conduct regular regulatory assessments, budget for potential increases in licensing fees and develop flexible systems that can adapt to new requirements.

Consider creating a regulatory roadmap for each market you’re entering and operating in, from the current requirements, anticipated changes, plus your strategy for addressing them.



Take responsibility: Prioritise player protection

Remember that any international authority or regulator will want to see that player protection is not only met, but prioritised. After all, responsible gaming isn’t just a regulatory requirement, it’s a business imperative.

Ensuring your operations develop comprehensive responsible gaming policies, including self-exclusion programmes, session time limits, and staff training in identifying and addressing problematic iGaming behaviours, will be key.

At Alpha Affiliates, we encourage users to act conscientiously by providing a safe and organised platform to advertise their offerings. We are committed to ensuring responsible gaming is upheld in our services globally and make sure to follow regulations, only expanding into regions in which iGaming is properly regulated.

It’s crucial to consider how you can improve your policies to better protect players – as this will be a number one concern for regulators internationally. We implement industry-standard measures for players who want to control their gambling habits. These include applying various limits on losses, deposits and bets. In addition, we make sure to display reminders for the amount of time spent in a casino and for players to take a step back to step away and cool off. I’d encourage other operators to do the same.



Be patient and carefully lay down the groundwork

Launching abroad successfully takes a well-thought-out and well-planned strategy. It also requires a lot of patience. “Getting your ducks in a row”, and laying down the groundwork will take time and intricate planning.

Starting the process early is important. When it comes to international expansion, regulation is a huge aspect that cannot be rushed. It can be all the difference in business success, and business failure. It requires rigorous due diligence to ensure all requirements are met, and all licensing documentation is ready.

By meticulously crafting and executing a regulation-first international expansion strategy, businesses can put themselves in the best possible footing for growth globally. Regulations are important across all sectors, but in the iGaming world where adhering to tight regulation is imperative, operators must make it the foundation of all business. The path to international expansion may be complex, but with the right approach, operators can capitalise on the exciting opportunities in new markets and drive remarkable growth.


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